The incarceration of Ghislaine Maxwell like that of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, according to his lawyer | US News
Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyer said her client’s treatment in a New York prison “rivals scenes of Hannibal Lecter’s incarceration in the film The Silence of the Lambs, despite the absence of the cage and mask. in plastic “.
In a letter to a federal judge, Bobbi C. Sternheim again requested Ms Maxwell’s release on bail.
Five previous bail requests have been denied. The government maintains that Ms Maxwell poses a flight risk because of her three nationalities and her access to considerable wealth.
Ms Sternheim wrote that her client “suffers from headaches and backaches and general physical weakness” and claims that during the searches she was “sexually inappropriately touched by correctional officers on several occasions” .
In the seven-page letter, Bobbi Sternheim said: “Many officers are openly hostile towards him and have mentioned reading the press and seeing various television shows which amplify their hostility.”
Ms Sterneheim also claimed that an investigation was underway within the US Marshall Service, which oversees court security, after a staff member was “verbally threatening” and allegedly told Ms Maxwell: “You think you are special. You are not special. Remember you are special. in custody and the judge doesn’t care about you. “
Bobbi Sternheim added that Ms Maxwell’s conditions of detention are “objectionable and wholly inappropriate for a woman on the verge of turning 60 with no criminal record or history of violence” and that if her detention continues “he is strong. likely she won’t have the stamina to help her defense and endure the physical demands of a five-day-a-week, several-week court proceeding. “
Lawyers for Ms Maxwell have previously claimed that their client was subjected to “flashlight checks” in her cell every 15 minutes and that she had lost hair and weighed 15 pounds during her 16 months at the center. Brooklyn metropolitan detention center.
They argue that she is being treated differently due to intense criticism following the apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein in prison in 2019.
In a preliminary hearing on Monday, Ms Sternheim told a federal court that Ghislaine Maxwell was forced to crawl “on all fours” while wearing leg chains to enter a prison van.
She said Ms Maxwell was woken up at 3:45 a.m. and arrived at the courthouse at 5:38 a.m. but was prevented from viewing her legal documents. She was offered “very little food” and was not given any utensils to eat it.
In April, lawyers for Ms Maxwell released an image that appeared to show her with a black eye.
Ian Maxwell, her brother, told Sky News: “I don’t see Ghislaine administering a black eye … I think she has suffered occasional physical abuse from her guards. Yes.”
British socialite and former girlfriend of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein is awaiting trial for sex trafficking, which she denies. She is accused of causing teenage girls to sexually abuse Epstein. The opening arguments of the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell are expected to begin on November 29.
The US Marshall Service and the US Federal Bureau of Prisons have been contacted for comment.
A spokesperson for the Bureau of Prisons previously said: “The BOP takes allegations of staff misconduct seriously and in accordance with national policy, refers all allegations for investigation, if warranted.”